Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Fat Woman meets the fat personal trainer

Fat Woman was chatting with Personal Trainer during a session. Actually, Personal Trainer was chatting and Fat Woman was grunting out responses between sets. Personal Trainer told Fat Woman that there was a new personal trainer starting at the gym today. Personal Trainer is never entirely happy when someone arrives or leaves because he isn't fond of change. Fat Woman looked for the blonde woman Personal Trainer was pointing out but couldn't actually see whom he meant from her prone position on a bench with a 5kg weight blocking her view. Fat Woman did tease Personal Trainer about how blondes were his kryptonite, but he shook his head very firmly and stated that the new lady wasn't his type.

When Fat Woman saw the new personal trainer she understood exactly what Personal Trainer meant. Personal Trainer goes out with tiny, slim women. Fat Woman doesn't think Personal Trainer has a Napoleon complex but understands that as he is slightly below average height for a man he has more success with shorter women. Personal Trainer is very pretty and seems to be attractive enough to young women that he has the luxury of pick and choosing on superficial grounds. Fat Woman thinks Personal Trainer is smart enough to understand that superficial qualities do not make for a great long term relationship, but she isn't entirely confident that he won't fall hard for yet another game-playing future Real Housewife. Personal Trainer was very cut up when he broke it off with his first "proper" i.e. official girlfriend. Fat Woman had been waiting for it to happen since he called his girlfriend "high maintenance". Personal Trainer likes a challenge but also finds the quality of the challenge important.

Fat Woman is old and happily married and enjoys the vicarious excitement of the love lives of others. Fat Woman would like to stress that she is not like certain other clients of Personal Trainer who are slightly too interested in his life and give the impression that they are more than a little bit in love with him. Fat Woman is simply nosy.

The new personal trainer was definitely not tiny and slim. As well as being at least 5'6" the new personal trainer was carrying what looked like a lot of excess weight. Fat Woman has considered naming the new personal trainer Safe From Personal Trainer Personal Trainer, but that would be a little recursive. Fat Woman estimates that the new personal trainer is carrying at least 20 excess pounds. The new personal trainer looked fat. Fat Woman doesn't normally use the word "fat" to describe someone as it is a term used as an absolute when actually a relative term. In this situation Fat Woman is going to fall back on the term to describe someone with a slim frame who has fat sitting on top, wobbling in the way of the worst fat person cliché. Fat Woman's fat is very much a part of her - after all, she has had it all her life - and Fat Woman has it well tamed with suitable clothes and flattering styles. The new personal trainer did not give the impression she was comfortable with or even used to her fat. Fat Woman understood why Personal Trainer had muttered that "you are your own advert".

Fat Woman thought there was something rather intolerant in Personal Trainer's attitude. Fat Woman believes in Health At Every Size. Fat Woman doesn't think that a fat personal trainer is necessarily a bad personal trainer. Fat Woman suspects that Personal Trainer thinks there should be some kind of weight or BMI assessment before anyone is allowed to be a personal trainer. Fat Woman thinks that Personal Trainer would realise how ridiculous this thought is if he would look at the individual assessment criteria. After all, anyone who is super fit and muscley will have a weight or a BMI considered unhealthy by UK Government guidelines. Fat Woman thinks that Personal Trainer has a wee bit of prejudice about these things and his assessment would be a quick views as to "you look fat/you don't look fat". Fat Woman admits to carrying some of her own clichéd expectations as to what a personal trainer should look like, but hopes that now these have been exposed they will change. In short, Fat Woman was gobsmacked that there would be such a fat personal trainer, and now feels terrible that she was guilty of fat prejudice. Internalised fat prejudice is a problem that Fat Woman thought other people had, but Fat Woman has to face up to the facts that she is as vulnerable as anyone.

Fat Woman introduced herself to the new personal trainer that same day. Fat Woman found out that the new personal trainer was a professional dancer who suffered a knee injury and then put on lots of weight. Fat Woman is slightly smug because she told Personal Trainer that this is probably what happened, and would therefore like to claim points as being the more generous and tolerant of the two of them. The new personal trainer is newly qualified, which makes Fat Woman wonder if the new personal trainer has taken up a career in personal training as a dieting tactic.

Fat Woman thinks there is no harm in being friendly to the new personal trainer. Fat Woman liked friends at the gym. Fat Woman thinks the atmosphere amongst the personal trainers is rather like a High School movie. Currently all the good looking popular kids are slightly revolted by the overweight new girl. Fat Woman hopes the new girl will emerge as a heroine and put two fingers up to all the prejudices.

Fat Woman wonders if the new personal trainer would like a training buddy. Fat Woman trains quite hard, but would like a friend to meet up with and do things such as padwork. Fat Woman is chary of suggesting it though in case the new personal trainer is also a bit fat prejudiced and wouldn't want to work with a fat woman.

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